Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 Old notes. Tap. Dirty/murky brown with decent off white head. Huge pineapple aroma, in your face fresh pineapple, tropical fruits, hints of vanilla. Flavor again, fresh pineapple, mango/peach, light banana, vanilla, bit more mellow than aroma. Very rounded mouthfeel, silky smooth. Well done. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Tap at MBG fest ’06. Brown colored with moderate hazing. Some citrusy/pineapple aroma, not as evident to me as some other rates here, Styles mentioned that it was much more distinct coming off the tanks. Medium bodied, tasty mix of caramel and chocolate and a bit of funk in the finish. Quite tasty, multiple layers to dig through as you drink this. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Draught. Dark, foggy brown-caramel body with a large creamy off-white head and lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and fruity with apparent tartness. Sweet caramel flavour with sugary stickiness and apple tartness. Interesting to say the least but I personally don’t think that the flavours meshed well together. Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draft at MBGF 06. Took a search to find this as it was in festival directory under different name. Copper color with a minimal frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Heavy complex woody bready tart citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Solid complex balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
At the Michigan BGF 06, listed as the English Stock Ale but told that this was indeed the English Strong Ale (By Eric Kuhnhenn I believe):
Sammy (12178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Coppery hue with a small ring of frothy lace. Wow!!! The nose detected a complex brett and pineapple ester with a woody, oxidized, fig, juniper berry, grassy hop, and biscuity malt vapor dancing around the edges.
Another WOW !!! Fruity and sour (plum and pineapple) with a toffee malt base that appeared more as it warmed. Sharp allspice and earthy character upon the finish. Then just when I was about to put my pen down I discovered a hint of rye bread and tobacco. Oh, the grapefruit shows up for an encore, YIPPPIE!!! The feel is light but substantial, works wonderfully with the flavor profile.
I love it because so much going on, truly not you grandpa’s English Olde Ale. If you get the chance, it comes highly recommended.
On tap at the brewery. Darkish colour with white head. Yeast. Sour finish. Tastes older than it is with the addition, I am told, of sulpher and the cultures. Dark Fruity fig tasty and supported by soft carbonation. A good Old that keeps pace with Founders walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Time to put my 2 cents in on this beer. I was lucking enough to be at Kuhnhenns that fri. night have and sharing a few beers with styles and artusory. and thanks to Eric Kuhnhenn for bringing this out from the back room. we were getting the Clark treatment this night.all I can say he read artusory review for mine. what a wonderful beer. I cannot wait to get more of this beer another good beer at Kuhnhenns Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2006
On tap: Many thanks to Eric for the sample. Very nice fruity aroma with pineapple, grape, plum, apple, and light alcohol. Dark reddish-brown with some transparency and a moderate off-white head with good retention. Great lacing. Lots of pineapple, dark fruits, grape, and light citrus up front. Finishes with a light fruity tartness and bitterness. This was outstanding. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Sample provided by Eric Kuhnhenn. This was an English Strong Ale that Brettanomyces Claussenii was pitched into. They then let this sit for one year. Because this has aged for a year, I felt that this should be listed as an old ale. There is also some history of Old Ale with Bretta Claussenii/Anomalus. It should be on tap soon and hopefully I will be able to drink a lot more of it then.
Muddy brown/amber body with a light tan head, lasting cover. The aroma is amazing. Nearly indescribable, fresh pineapple. Walk into the produce section of your local grocer, find the softest, ripest pineapple, put your nose so close to the bottom of it that it touches, inhale. It smells like that. There are some notes of orange, apricot and grapefruit in there as well. The flavor is light cherries, toffee, mango, some pineapple, grapefruit and hints of vanilla. It is very mellow and all the different flavors are very well incorporated. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with light carbonation, but the carbonation may be different when this goes on tap. Thank you Eric for letting us sample this incredible brew!